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The Smash Community Tournaments Need To Be 18+ going Forward!

With more and more cases coming out from the Smash community, so much so that Nintendo themselves had come out and make a statement, condemning it it begs to question what the future of the competitive smash scene will be in the coming years! With all of that, I think it’s way past due that all future Smash tournaments need to be over the age of 18, and made mandatory!

Allow me to explain. I think that it’s high time we had future tournaments designated to various age groups, in order to protect kids from preying predators! All Smash tournaments need to start enforcing an 18+ age gate for their tournaments. Any person that is below the age of 18, needs to have a parent/guardian supervision at all times. I’m not just saying this for the big leagues like EVO, I’m mean in general, which includes local tournaments! There also needs to be more action taken to create an environment were victims can come forward and be listened to without fearing repercussion!

It may not be ideal for many young tournament participates looking to make it big in the Smash scenes, but is a necessary step in protecting the young! Yes, I’m fully aware that a-lot of the predatory acts take place in after-parties and hotel rooms. At that point, I have to say this is the responsibility of the parents to be more involved with their children and learning about who they associate with after the games being played! I feel like common senses should let you think “let my 14 year old kid hang out with grown adults may not be the best idea out there”!

If not addressed, I feel like this could be a damaging ramification for the entire competitive Smash scene. It could send a message of not taking this matter seriously! Anyways, that’s just my thoughts on the matter, let me know what you guys think? Is it too much or is it high time we started making changes to protect young players!

2 thoughts on “The Smash Community Tournaments Need To Be 18+ going Forward!

  1. While changes need to be addressed, I don’t agree with the 18+ age only or separating the groups.Parents and guardians need to do their jobs and make sure their kids are as safe as possible. That being said, the Smash Community as a whole needs to look out for each other more and not tolerate that sort of bad behavior. I’m sure a lot of people heard whispers of stuff but never did anything. Now, THAT has to stop.

    Many people have started out in the community underage and have been fine. It’s these certain individuals who are making the whole group look bad. I don’t want young people to be unable to go to tournaments because of harsh restrictions.

    That being said, there should be special programs setup to help the younger crowd such as appointing tournament guardians if the parents can’t go and/or having young players find and share rooms with each other. And, kids agreeing to be in their hotel rooms at a certain time or they don’t get prize money.

    But, the biggest thing is knowledge. Everyone knows there’s a problem and are forced to make changes or the community will die.

    1. While I get what you’re saying, something major has to be done! Yeah, I get that many kids have gone to the tournament and have been relatively fine, but the number of cases that came out is appalling, worrisome and warrants some kind of change! I thought about it myself, and yes I do agree that parent needs to be more invested in their children lives, but there’s just so much a parent can do, and not to mention that a working parent may not be able to follow what their 14 year old kid might be doing in an after-party tourny!

      And imagine how this could be taken by parents who hear this news, most responsible parents if they can’t attend with their child will likely outright ban their kids from going! I feel like an agree restriction is the middle ground, or at least a start and can be adjusted as time goes on.

      However, your idea of young kids sharing rooms with each other is a start and leans towards my idea of having tournaments in age groups! It’s a start at least

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